Economic rights

All women have the right to a reasonable standard of living, access to decent work and public services, and the right to leisure and rest. 

In many rural and urban communities there are many barriers that marginalise and exclude women and girls in particular, and prevent them from achieving these rights. These take many forms, including social and cultural practices that place women and girls at risk of violence and exploitation, and mean they bear a greater responsibility for unpaid care work. This inequality prevents women from pursuing education, livelihood and other opportunities.

ActionAid campaigns with women for decent jobs and fair taxes to reduce inequalities. Initiatives such as our Tax Justice Campaign advocate for fairer taxation of multinational corporations, to realize more resources for public policies that work more fairly for women.

We also promote economic alternatives to ensure that women have greater access to resources for their livelihoods, and more control over the income they earn.

In the poorest communities we are supporting women’s demands for a fairer division of unpaid care work through the provision of public services. These can be early education centres and crèches or other government services that will help reduce the time spent by women, particularly women farmers, collecting food and water and cooking.

At ActionAid, we work with women to build and advocate for economic solutions at all levels – from helping women in local communities to form cooperative enterprises, to national and global policies that recognise unpaid care, guarantee comprehensive social protection and enable the most marginalised women to break the cycle of poverty.

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